Date: September 17, 2021
Location: Virtual Video
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Constitution Day September 17, 2021
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the United States Constitution. This document was designed to be a framework of our government and establish the rights and freedoms for us, its citizens.
This year the National Archives and National Constitution Center are hosting online events for people all across the country to celebrate Constitution Day. Take a look at the event times below so you can register or watch them on YouTube.
Are you going to be on campus on Constitution Day? Come by the SPC Library (CLR) and get a free pocket-sized Constitution!
State of the Union: Civics
12:00 p.m. EDT
National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will be joined by leaders from government, education, and cultural institutions, including Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Louise Dubé, executive director of iCivics, and Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, to discuss the state of civics education in the United States. We will explore the essential skills needed for a robust republic and the tools necessary to promote active and healthy civil discourse in our country today. Panelists will share what their organizations are doing at every level to build guardrails of democracy and support students nationwide.
National Archives Museum Online
1:00 p.m. EDT
Authors John Kowal and Wilfred Codrington III will discuss how generations have reshaped our founding document—the U.S. Constitution—amid some of the most colorful, contested, and controversial battles in American political life. It’s a story of how We the People have improved our government’s structure and expanded the scope of our democracy during eras of transformational social change.
Judges on Judging
Judge Marjorie Rendell, Judge Cheryl Ann Krause, and Judge Stephanos Bibas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit join us to discuss some of the biggest cases on this year’s docket, including Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Secretary Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The judges will explain how the federal courts of appeal work, their role in the overall federal courts system, as well as how they approached their own rulings on these important cases.
Looking for more?
Get a perfect score on our Constitution Day Quiz and be eligible for an SPC Goodie Bag!